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Scarab Queens Battle Flag

Battle Flag, Scarab Queens

“A chambermaid found the first grub, and we knew the battle was already lost.”
–Qie Zi, The Art of Seej

In 2012 the Scarab Queens announced themselves to the world of Seej with the publication of the Hexstone Bloxen, but didn’t get around to hoisting their battle flag until just recently.

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The Scarab Queens infest the works of Men, slathering the Pennon with comb and royal jelly. This model is a one-piece print on an FDM printer. I had decent results printing at .18 layer height with ABS, but I’ve done test prints with PLA too that worked out fine.

The Scarab Queens rule variant allows a player to add one projectile to his stockpile for every three hexstone bloxen in his fortification, provided he also fields a Scarab Queens battle flag.

This model and many like it are available for download in The Forge.

Battle Flag, Charnel

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“They made war on the Barrens, where wood is scarce and bones bloom eternal.”
–Qie Zi, The Art of Seej

New Seej Rule: A player fielding charnel battle flags may right one toppled flag for every three Barrow Bloxen in his fortification.

downloadI designed the charnel battle flag to really push the FDM printability envelope. One can print this banner with support, but one shouldn’t have to. It’s a one piece print, unlike previous Seej battle flags.

The vertebrae at the bottom of the flag can be a little tricky, so make sure your build platform is quite level.

This particular flag is printed with Filabot’s recycled ABS filament and then dipped in black tempera paint to bring out the details and give it a little grime.

New Seej Player Race: Barrow Lords

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“With engines hewn from the bones of giants marched the Barrow Lords, shuffling and relentless and putrid.”
–qie Zi, The Art of Seej

downloadThe recent launch of the 2013 Seej Starter set got me thinking that we haven’t updated the list of playable Seej races since the Scarab Queens back in 2012. Sure, Men have been cranking out many different bloxen since that time, but a new race? Not until today.

I’m a firm believer that Everything’s Better With Skulls, so it was only a matter of time before I scratched this particular creative itch. This model is printed in black PLA and spray-painted white to bring out the texture of the constituent bones.

I’ll be releasing the Barrow Lords’ battle flag on Wednesday, so #staytuned for a forthcoming rules update.

Which reminds me, the Scarab Queens don’t have their own flag yet. I’ll have to get on that.

In the meantime, grab the model and start printing. You’ll need at least three of these to take advantage of the new rule. You have two days.

This and other models like it are in the Seej Fortifications section of The Forge. If you print one, let me know, and I’ll put it in the gallery.

Seej Starter Set, 2013 Edition


downloadThe original Seej Starter Set gets an upgrade to take advantage of the advances made in home 3D printing over the last twelve months. Other Seej models are available for free download in The Forge.

The dawn of the hobbyist resin printer is upon us, so the set includes a one-piece flag and a fancy voronoi bloxen you can use to show off your printer’s capabilities.

The proliferation of inexpensive filament printers with smaller build platforms requires the advent of a smaller Seej engine, so I’ve added the Marshmallow Mangonel to the kit.

The classic catapult gets improvements inspired by community feedback, too. It’s all compatible with older prints, and is much, much more accurate.

Seej is an Open Source tabletop wargame designed to advance the state of 3d printing through competition and player-directed evolution. Rules for Seej are at www.s33j.net.

#staytuned, I’m releasing a new player race next week.

#stayreallytuned, I’ll be releasing a new Seej Starter Set in 2014.

Penny Ballista Fail


download Still using the demo spool of recycled ABS supplied to me by Filabot. When this print doesn’t fail it creates a Penny Ballista that’ll easily launch Abe across the Oval Office.

I left my Replicator1 unattended for a few minutes and came back to this. This fail isn’t due to any flaw in the filament– if you look closely you can see that the texture of the filament’s very even. Unfortunately, robots don’t do what we want them to do, they do what we tell them to do, and the slicing step of this print went to Wallyworld at some point.

I’ve been having this problem with some models sliced in MakerWare lately; it doesn’t seem to want to add a solid bottom layer to some prints. So I hopped back to ReplicatorG and it sliced just fine; see my previous post.

Penny Ballista with Filabot Recycled ABS


download I’m about halfway through the demo spool that Filabot shipped out to me a few weeks ago so I could test their ABS recycling program.

The spool’s given up all pretense of maintaining its orange color and has now faded completely to ABS Natural. This is intentional on Filabot’s part because they’ve sent me what they call an extruder purge– basically a spool created while cleaning a color out of the Filabot.

Earlier I speculated that the recycled ABS was more brittle than other ABSes, but I found that to be a quirk of a short stretch of the filament. I did get a little more powdering and snapped filaments than usual for a while, but a few meters into the spool the problem went away.

This type of problem is consistent with other rolls of ABS I’ve used in the past and as far as I’m concerned it’s just part of hobbyist 3D printing. All ABSes are not created equal and there’s going to be some gremlins along the way.

This ballista will easily launch a U.S. penny across the room using a single rubber band, and I’ll betcha it’ll crack your fancy triple-pane thermal windows or ding your stainless steel fridge. Be careful with this thing and don’t shoot the cat.

Flagrant stagecraft alert: There’s a twist tie holding the nock in firing position for the photo.